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Special Portrait by the artist known as "Mr Willson" (ex Garbish Collection).....SOLD
Likely New Hampshire, appears to be dated 1811 at the bottom. Watercolor on paper. Attributed to the artist known as "Mr Willson". Yet research now shows that Willson was an alias, his real name being Lyman Parks, who was a counterfeiter of bank notes!!! Similar portraits are in the collection of the New York State Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston); Currier Art Gallery; the Shelburne Museum and in private collections. Subjects in Mr. Willson portraits are bust-length, three quarter view turned to the right, against a neutral background. Facial features have the profile of the nose, upper eyelid and mouth delineated as a single line. This portrait shows a stylishly dressed, most pleasingly handsome young man with blue eyes and reddish hair. Early tears were professionally paper-conserved long ago, likely when framed by the Philadelphia Print Shop. Scattered foxing and toning. Frame size about 24 1/2 inches x 20 inches; sight size about 19 inches x 14. See A Loving Likeness, American Folk Portraits of the Nineteenth Century, The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Susan and Ray Egan; and Folk Art's Many Faces, Portraits in the New York State Historical Association, for reference. Also see the newest research: "Mr Willson Of NH And His Remarkable Watercolors" by Deborah Child. Provenance: Private collectors including the important collection of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch, Cambridge, MD.
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